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Tickets still available for dinner fund-raiser today
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There are still tickets available for this evening’s dinner fund-raiser at the Kelley Brothers Brickyard Oven benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The $25 admission ticket will cover the tri-tip and chicken buffet dinner with all the trimmings, plus beverage, gratuity, taxes, and a raffle ticket. There are nearly 50 big-ticket items that will be given away in the raffle drawing. They include a scuba diving certification class at Aquatic Dreams in Modesto valued at $325, a round of golf at the Manteca Municipal Golf Course with golf cart, a case of red wine and champagne which will be raffled off two bottles at a time, a diamond earring and gift certificates donated by New York Diamonds of Manteca. Additional raffle tickets for the drawing will be available this evening as well at three tickets for $5.

The event, held at the former El Rey Theater in downtown Manteca, will begin at 6 p.m.

The dinner is just the latest in a string of fund-raisers held to help Calla High School graduate Perry Settlemoir take part in the Pacific Grove Triathlon to be held on Sept. 11. To prepare for this challenging event, Settlemoir has joined the Pacific Grove Triathlon Team In Training which has selected The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as the recipient of the funds they raise to help with continuing research work on blood diseases and to provide patient services. Settlemoir needs to raise $5,000 for this event.

“Everything is going wonderful. It’s coming along really good, real fast,” Settlemoir said Friday about the pace of his fund-raising efforts, his triathlon training and his weight goal of 200 pounds.

Weighing an unhealthy 320 pounds a year-and-a-half ago, Settlemoir vowed to change all that after undergoing a gall bladder surgery. Heeding the advice of his doctor, he decided to make a lifestyle change which led to his participation in the Pacific Grove Triathlon. In the process, the father of four and grandfather of one also realized that he could also help other people while turning his life around and that’s how he got involved with the triathlon team that is raising money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

On the other hand, Settlemoir’s association with the Kelly Brothers’ owners goes back to the time when the former El Rey Theater in the heart of downtown Manteca was rehabilitated and remodeled to make way for a brewery and a top-notch restaurant. Perry, who is a professional sanitary welder, worked on all the welding jobs needed to set up the brewery machinery.

To reserve a ticket for this evening’s dinner, or for more information, call Staci Settlemoir at 602-3114.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world’s largest voluntary organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. The organization’s mission is to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.” Since 1954, the Society has awarded more than $680 million in research funding.